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M B C F O R U M 6 - 2019

Clark: Building a Metropolis from Scratch

VINCE DIZON
President and CEO, Bases Conversion and Development Authority
24 June 2019 | Hotel Fairmont Makati, Makati City

THE GOAL
The Philippines’ first smart, green, and resilient
metropolis that will serve as a catalyst for
national growth away from the congestion and
pollution elsewhere.

HIGHLIGHTED PROJECTS
1. New Clark City (NCC): 9,450-hectare area
in Capas, Tarlac. Master plan by Singapore’s
Surbana Jurong. To be developed via Public-
Private Partnership (PPP) projects
• Targets by 2020:
a. National Government Administrative
Center (NGAC): 250-hectare project
of Malaysia’s Alloy MTD. Initial
government targets include satellite
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offices and business continuity facilities Traffic surged from 2016:
for government agencies. Primary »» Domestic passengers: Up 48 times to knowledge, skills, and resources. If done
site of 2019 Southeast Asian Games, 2.54 million per year. well, the projects can serve as models for
with swimming, track and field, and »» International passengers: Up by 72% to future PPP projects in the country.
residential facilities nearing completion. 1.55 million per year • The BCDA welcomes unsolicited PPP
b. Mixed-Use Industrial Development: »» Domestic flights: Up 88 times to 538 proposals from the private sector, to flesh
288-hectare project of Filinvest. flights per week out the Clark master plan.
Groundbreaking was in May 2019. »» International flights: Up 105% to 246 • Clark’s regulatory regime is governed by
c. Mixed-Use Industrial Park: 500-hectare flights per week BCDA and Clark Development Corp. (CDC)
project of China Gezhouba Group • New terminal will connect to Clark-Manila rules. To provide transparency and EODB
Company Limited. Phase 1 will be Railway, jointly funded by the Asian to locators and potential investors, all
industrial and start construction in 2020. Development Bank and Japan. 1 processes are online, files are digitized, and
2. The Clark International Airport: Expansion red tape is being cut. The business one-stop
to be completed in 2020 will increase DOING BUSINESS IN CLARK shop will be moved closer to the airport.
runways from 1 to 2 and passenger capacity • Successful public-private partnership • To provide talent, BCDA wants top schools
from 2 million per year to 8 million. Will (PPP) projects are necessary to execute - both public and private - to come to
address shortage of runways in Luzon and and sustain the NCC master plan. Clark Clark, saying the physical environment is
drive central and northern Luzon growth. is bringing in both foreign and domestic conducive to learning.
• Investors may be hindered by lease-only
“Everyone wants to move to the big city. Good money, good land. BCDA is working to amend Clark’s
jobs, a place to be productive. But the paradox is that cities charter to extend leases from 25 years and/
don’t work for people, even though they’re full of them. It’s a or allow sales.
pressure cooker of congestion, pollution and rent you can’t
afford...Cities must be built for people... Clark is envisioned to
Summary by
have the vibrancy of a city without the pressures of city life.” Miguel Luis C. Rivera
MBC Programs and Projects Associate
Vince Dizon Photos and Layout by
Clinton A. Balbontin
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In addition, Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp. has a 177-hectare project outside New Clark but within the former base.